Written by Patrick Echatah
Do you want a fascinating fact? It will be MLS season 2024 in only four weeks!
The offseason is flying by, Inter Miami’s match against Real Salt Lake on February 21 at DRV PNK Stadium takes center stage. Following that stand-alone game on Wednesday, there will be more MLS matchups in the preceding weekend.
The main narratives influencing the winter are listed below, with Matchday 1 drawing near. As preseason camps get underway, there will be many more.
Inter Miami: Luis Suárez joins Tata Martino’s led side
For those keeping score at home, that means Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Luis Suárez are the four Barcelona icons who had joined Inter Miami six months prior to Suarez’s arrival. On December 22, the much-anticipated Messi/Suárez reunion became official, giving Herons supporters an early Christmas gift.
Now that Messi and Suárez have established themselves as a GOAT tandem, the prospect of dominating the MLS is difficult to ignore. The legendary Uruguayan striker, who last season played for Grêmio, Suárez, was recently voted Best Player and Best Striker in Brazil’s premier division. And Messi is rejuvenated following an incredible year that saw him win the League Cup with Inter Miami, a record extending eight Ballon d’Or award and the much-desired World Cup with Argentina.
LAFC: The acquisition of Hugo Lloris and Carlos Vela’s dilemma
Legendary French custodian Hugo Lloris, a 2018 World Cup winner who spent the previous ten plus years playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, was signed by LAFC to start the New Year. He takes the position of free agents Maxime Crépeau, who is rumoured to be joining with the Portland Timbers, and John McCarthy, who signed with the LA Galaxy.
And there are very few, if any, developments regarding the Vela situation. Though he’s still a club legend as LAFC’s captain and first signing, he’s no longer exactly performing at the level of a designated player. We really don’t know if the Vela period is still going strong or if its last chapter has already been written. However, there is a compelling plot as a team that upholds MLS standards attempts to rebuild.
FC Cincinnati: Vazquez out, Robinson in
Miles Robinson, a centre back for the United States national team, is perhaps the finest free agent that FC Cincinnati, the current Supporters’ Shield winners, signed.
The 2023 MLS Defender of the Year, Matt Miazga, and the former Atlanta United player could work well together to offset Yerson Mosquera’s current Wolves loan. It’s a great signing made by their Chris Albright-led front staff (and not on DP terms).
New York Red Bulls: Emil Forsberg swaps Red Bull home
We would be negligent if we did not mention how Emil Forsberg, a Swedish international midfielder, was purchased by RBNY. He switched Red Bull outposts, moving to the MLS (New York) from the Bundesliga (Leipzig). He’s their best addition in years; a genuine playmaker.
Additionally, if Luquinhas departs for Brazil as stated, they will have an extra space available for DP. Additionally, it is rumoured that they are signing centre back Noah Eile, a Swedish youth international, from Malmö FF.
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